Man, I wish they would have had this when I was a kid: a new, 5-acre snowtubing park is opening this week in New Jersey.

The new park is located at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon and offers slopes for tubing for people of all ages; well, almost: you have to be at least 5 to ride.

If you’re not familiar with snowtubing, you basically sit in a big innertube and slide down a snowy hill. It’s a great winter activity for those of us too clumsy to ski. It’s like sledding, but they transport you up the hill. In addition, they allow linked tubes!

Some of the rules at Mountain Creek include: you must sit in the tube, no face-first tubing; one rider per tube; no linking tubes; and all riders must be at least 42 inches tall and at least 5 years old. It costs $30 for two hours of riding and reservations in advance are required.

The snowtubing park is open on Thursdays 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed Mondays through Wednesdays. The tubing hills are located in the Cobblestone Village portion of the resort. For tickets/reservations, go here.

Mountain Creek is not the only tubing park in the area, of course; some of the others within driving distance are:

Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah

Camelback Resort in Tannersville, PA

Shawnee Mountain in East Stroudsburg, PA

Hunter Mountain in Hunter, NY

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